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Robin Koerner
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Robin Koerner is a political and economic commentator for the Huffington Post, Ben Swann, the Daily Paul, and other sites. He is best known for coining the term “Blue Republican” to refer to liberals and independents who joined the GOP to support Ron Paul’s bid for the presidency. His article launched a movement, which now focuses on winning supporters for liberty, rather than arguments, focusing on finding common ground with those of various political persuasions, and especially people on the left.

In that spirit, Robin trains activists and candidates to become good salespersons for liberty.

Robin, a British permanent resident of the USA, also founded WatchingAmerica.com, an organization of over 300 volunteers that translates and posts in English views about the USA from all over the world.

Entries by Robin Koerner

A Primer on Compromise for Libertarians

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 7:07 AM

"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." - Mark 3:25
"Politics at its purest is philosophy in action" - Margaret Thatcher
"Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." - Thomas Jefferson


Whereas to many outside...

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Liberty Is the Politics of Love

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

You know you love someone when you want for them what they want for themselves.

The three little words that really convey this sentiment are not, "I love you," which can mean all kinds of things to all kinds of people; rather they are, "As you wish."

Love is kind,...

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13 Years On, Our Choice Is Between America and Fear

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Lights at WTC

The politics of our nation since 9/11 have been the politics of fear.

Because of fear that one of us is a terrorist, we've allowed our intelligence services to listen into our private conversations; because of fear of...

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No Sex Please: We're Californian

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Rape may represent the greatest possible violation against a human being except, perhaps, for murder.

Any decent person sympathizes with the intent of those who would seek to prevent it by any reasonable means. Moreover, there are plenty of statistics regarding the prevalence of rape in our society - mostly,...

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What Women Want

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:12 PM

I don't know anyone of any political stripe in the United States who doesn't believe that for exactly the same job, a woman should be paid the same as a man, or that a woman should have the same standing as a man in law; that she should have the...

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British-American Translation

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, "Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language."

Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate. (The word, "Everyone" in the preceding paragraph is a...

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Your Problem With Guns or Gays Is Not Political

(15) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Last month I did something I'd done only once before: I went to a range and shot some guns. Lots of guns. All shapes, ages and sizes.

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This is a very strange thing to do for a guy born British. Guns feature...

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The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:51 PM

To a first approximation, American political history before the 18th century is British political history. As most American schoolchildren know, in the 17th century, John Locke crystallized the idea that human law should reflect Natural Law, but the idea that Law must serve the well-being of the people on whom...

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Come As You Are

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:54 AM

I was a boring kid, more concerned with topping out in my next exam than with any sports team or rock band.

I think that was an early manifestation of a tendency I retain in my adult life and will likely take to my grave: a slight disdain for...

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Why Ukip? The Answer Is In History - Not Bigotry

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first Constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking world.

Fewer people know that Magna Carta wasn't imposed on King John just because he abused his power (which after all has been true of most kings...

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What UKIP Must Learn from the American Liberty Movement

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Of all of their political parties that most Brits have heard of, only UKIP - the United Kingdom Independent Party - calls itself "libertarian".

Being only two decades old, UKIP - now polling 38% for the European elections this year and about 15% for the general election next year -...

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Libertarian Purists: Libertarian on Everything -- Except Liberty

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:49 PM

The American Liberty movement is no longer nascent. Its mainstreaming is under way, as evidenced by this article in the New York Times -- the paper that (almost) defines the American mainstream -- about the impact of liberty-focused activists on the ("mainstream") Republican party, as reflected at CPAC...

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The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:51 PM

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 years old.

As I wrote recently in celebration of this magnificent anniversary, those who would protect freedom in our country badly...

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Political Liberty Turns 1,000 Years Old

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Ernest Renan, a nineteenth-century French philosopher, noted, "Getting its history wrong is part of being a nation."

This truth has profound implications, chief among which is that the cultural and political trajectory of a nation is determined not only by its past, but also - and to a greater...

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Privacy vs. Security: A False Dichotomy

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Click here for the NPR TED Radio Hour segment on privacy and the TEDTalks that inspired this post.

There is really only one argument in support of mass surveillance by the State: Increased security can be bought with reduced privacy.

That claim begs the question:...

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Why I Shall Become an American

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Sometime toward the end of this year, I shall become an American citizen.

A few of my European friends look confused when they realize that I go around the world expounding the importance of liberty -- and yet choose to live in the U.S.

They are thinking, of course,...

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In Times of Tyranny, Democracy Is Liberty's Friend

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:34 AM

At many times in the history of the Anglo people, the abuses of liberty by Power (capitalized to indicate the official power of the centralized State and those close to it) have produced such resistance by enough normal men and women who felt their lives directly changed by those abuses,...

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The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution

(5) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Throughout these last few weeks, everyone involved in the negotiations on funding the government and the debt ceiling should have been repeating something over and over again -- to the point that the American people should be sick of hearing it.

It is Section 4 of the 14th Amendment to...

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Twelve Years After 9/11: Let's End the Politics of Fear

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Lights at WTC

Since 9/11, it seems that the American Left and the American Right have agreed on something of profound importance: We're scared.

The politics of the last 12 years have been the politics of fear.

Because of fear that...

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The Triumph of Culture Over Politics: Edward Snowden and American Independence

(17) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 4:07 PM

To a first approximation, American political history before the 18th century is British political history. As most American schoolchildren know, in the 17th century, John Locke crystallized the idea that human law should reflect Natural Law, but the idea that Law must serve the well-being of the people on whom...

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